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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

  • A golden eagle.
    A golden eagle
  • Close up shot of puffins on the Pentland Skerries
    Puffins on the Pentland Skerries
  • A close up of a red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
    A red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
  • Seals in Loch Flodabay, Isle of Harris
    Seals in Loch Flodabay, Isle of Harris

Whether on a mountain or hill, in a glen, forest or along the shoreline, there’s a wealth of wildlife experiences to be had in Scotland. With such an array of diverse animals, including some of the most rare and endangered species on the British Isles, Scotland promises unforgettable encounters with wildlife.

Scotland’s regions vary greatly and it’s this diversity that attracts many different species to make Scotland their home. Along thousands of miles of coastline, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and otters in quiet inlets, beaches and sea lochs.

Often spotted off the coast of Scotland’s many islands, orca and minke whales make an appearance in sight of the shore or if not, draw up close next to boats on wildlife cruises.  On just such a cruise, there are few natural sights more impressive than watching tens of thousands of seabirds congregating on sheer sea cliffs from below.

In dense forests, you may have to seek the helping hand of a knowledgeable, professional guide to find elusive mammals like pine martens. Birdlife is truly abundant across the rugged Scottish landscapes from wild fowl in wetland reserves to waders at the coast. In some cases, you'll have to crane your neck skywards to catch a glimpse of some of Scotland's majestic hunters; from ospreys to red kites and golden eagles to sea eagles.

With each new season brings a new incomparable sight, from red deer stags locking antlers in the annual autumnal rut or the arrival of pink-footed geese in the winter, migrating from the colder tundra landscapes of Greenland and Iceland.

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  1. Loch Leven Heritage Trail


    Parks & Gardens


    Kinross Area and Loch Leven

    Loch Leven (Kinross-shire) lies between Edinburgh (31 miles) and Perth (20 miles), in the east of Scotland’s Central Lowlands. The nearest town is Kinross.Trail goe around the Loch and is 21km (13 miles) in lenght

  2. Scot Mountain Holidays


    Hiking Tour


    Boat of Garten

    Departure guarantee on all our guided tours, plus single occupancy for solo travelers at no additional cost (for Cairngorms National Park holidays). Guided hiking vacations in the Cairngorms National Park and across the Highlands - our speciality.

  3. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Nocturnal Wildlife Tours offer visitors a unique experience, allow them to see wildlife in a way they have never experienced before, using the latest thermal imaging cameras. We also offer wildlife day tours.

  4. Taynish


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Taynish is an ancient deciduous woodland and is one of the largest in Britain.

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Join us on a fishing or falconry day trip. We supply all transport, tackle, permits and tuition ,No experience needed. Half day trout fishing from £75pp or a Salmon fishing trip from £160pp . Check out our excellent Trip advisor reviews.

  6. Extra Mile Coaches


    Coach Tour



    Passionate about travel in Scotland, Extra Mile Coaches will give you a holiday you will never forget. We cater for group bookings of between 9 and 15 people. Contact us for a quotation based on your itinerary or for ideas of where to visit

  7. Glen Tanar


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  8. SeaXplorer


    Boat Tour


    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour


    SeaXplorer Fast Boat Wildlife Adventures. Go Faster, Go Further, See More!

  9. Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve.

  10. Gradings


    Stow of Wedale Geocache trail takes you on a treasure hunt around this small village in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Explore the village and uncover all the hidden stories and remember to claim your prize. Fun for all ages.


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